Monday, January 19, 2015

Brockman Rifles - Custom Built Rifles by Jim Brockman



Oh my goodness….I just got a sneak peek tour thru the AMAZING Brockman Gunsmiths shop!!!!  I am so dang excited!!!!  They had brand new innovations that haven’t even been released yet ….and I get to SHARE them with YOU today!!!!  So cool!!!!  


Brockman Rifles ~ Jim Brockman


Ok, back track a second, first….who is Brockman Rifle?  Second, how do I rate???  Well, I will answer them both for you!!!  Brockman Rifle, is a world owned and operated by talented Gunsmith, Jim Brockman.  He also happens to be my Uncle.  (Yes, every member of my family is ridiculously talented!) My intention today is to share with you Brockman Rifle and the amazing talents of Jim Brockman.  I hope to be able to connect those searching for the perfect rifle with skills of this talented gunsmith. 


History -  
When asked, how Jim got into Gunsmithing…..he jokingly replied that “ I was allergic to hay”
Jim was interested in guns from a very young age.  He received his first gun was a Bolt action 22 when he was 9 yrs old.  He got his first lever action at age 12. It was a family heirloom, his Grandpa Brockman’s  25/35. 

Brockman is also an avid hunter.  When asked about his favorite hunt, he said he liked them all.  A few of the hunts we visited about were:
-Alaskan Caribou
-Africa Plains game: Zebra, Kudu, Impala
-Texas: Free roaming audad, deer, pigs, and more
-Idaho:Mule deer, antelope, whitetail


Jim is the youngest, with 2 older sisters
Not a gun pic...but seriously....so cute!
Jim graduated college with a Machinest and Gunsmithing degree.  Brockman then spent a year in Germany apprenticing in the original Mauser factory.  While there he gained a great appreciation for the value of a Stock Making. 


Brockman's Rifle Stock's Start to Finish Most stocks are walnut, various varieties of American, English, and Turkish.
Returning  to the states, Jim was hired by the US Importer of Mauser in Segiem, TX as a gunsmith.   In Alpine, Texas, Brockman Rifles would take life in 1992.  Brockman moved back to his home state of Idaho in the mid 90’s.  Present day ,Brockman Rifle is based out of Gooding, Idaho and employs an average of 4 employees. 

Brockman's Rifles- In the Shop

Brockman Rifle is most know for lever and bolt actions.  Here are a few that were in the shop during my visit. 

Brockman's Bolt Action
Brockman's Bolt Action
Fluted Bolt Action

Custom Color Case and Engraving
Brockman also refurbishes classic guns like this giant .50 caliber
BIG GUNS ~ Brockman also reburishes classic pieces
.50 Caliber
The shop is full of excitement in every corner you turn.  The re-load room was awesome!  Check out all that ammo! 
Brockman's Re-Loading Room
My FAVORITE is the AMAZING INNOVATIONS Brockman Rifle is coming out with!!!! 
Look at this!  Awesome Brockman's cartridge trap in the stock of the gun!!! 

Brockman's Cartridge Trap
So genius!!!!!!
Saving the best for last, Brockman's NEW TAKE DOWN MODEL!!!! 308 cal.
Brockman's TAKE DOWN MODEL
SO COOL!!!


GIVING BACK -
Not only is Jim a bad-a gunsmith, he is a family man and active in his community!  He has even started a 4-H Group for Youth Hunters.  Gooding, ID produces one of the west's best professional rodeos.  Brockman Rifles made a custom rifle for the High Money Winner this year.  They also provide and cook a the delicious Cowboy Hospitality Meal for the first night of the rodeo

Jim Brockman presenting CUSTOM BROCKMAN RIFLE for
HIGH MONEY WINNER at the GOODING PRO RODEO

 As I was visiting with Jim about rifles, his customers, and who he his customers are....It was so cool to hear the passion in his voice as he described why he builds guns and who he builds them for.  Most of Brockman's clients are custom ordering personalized guns tailored to them.  They are look for quality, hand crafted pieces and appreciate the work that goes into them.  They are extreme and they want the best! 

Brockman Rifles - Why are they the best?
Making a quality product but innovative enough to make it personalized for our customers. 


ORDERING YOUR OWN BROCKMAN'S RIFLE

There are a number of questions you will need to consider to start your ordering process.
*What enviroment are you going to use your rifle in? Hunting or Casual
*Physique of the person ( a lot like fitting a saddle)
*Cartridge you plan on using
Women’s Hunting Rifle – usually much different fit than a man. 
Typical base price is $2500 to $3,500
There are a lot of serious factors to consider.  Brockman's rifles are in high demand with a wait list of about 3 years right now.  If you are lucky, on occasion they do have limited show rifles available to purchase. 

LEARN MORE HERE:
Brockman's Custom Gunsmithing: http://www.brockmansrifles.com/index.asp
Contact Information:
Jim and Jessica Brockman

2165 South 1800 East
Gooding, Idaho  83330

208-934-5050
brockman@brockmansrifles.com


  Thank You so much for stopping by the Rodeo Tales and Gypsy Trails! It was my pleasure to share Brockman Rifles with you! 
See you again soon,
Mindy

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer ~ Remembering Grandma Hoggan

Grandma got ran over by a Reindeer………

Christmas 1990 was fast approaching.  Apparently, my brother Eric and I were starting to doubt Santa Clause.  Well, this Christmas Eve would change all that.  As we were tucked in our beds downstairs….we heard a sound coming from outside.  Sleigh bells were ringing!!!!  A flash of red light from Rudolph’s nose!    The next morning we would see Santa’s large man foot prints coming up to our window outside to see if we were in bed.  No foot prints lead away….he most have flown with his team of reindeer!
When we saw Grandma……we would never doubt again!  GRANDMA got RAN OVER by a REINDEER!!!! 

Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer

All a mess, hoof prints all over her clothing!  She looked like a rodeo bull had got her down in the alley and really worked her over!  After seeing what a rouge reindeer could do, we never doubted Santa again! 
December 26, 2014…..Grandma would have her final reindeer run in and return to her heavenly home. 

Today, I am going to share with you some Grandma Stories. 

Grandma used to have cute magnents on her fridge.  A few I remember were…
* If Momma ain’t happy aint no body happy
* House Rules
1. Mom is always right
2. If Mom is wrong, refer to rule 1

This rang true thru all areas of Grandma’s life.  She knew what she wanted and she got it.  Everyone was usually better for it too….Here are some prime examples of her will power & determination


Pictures……
There isn’t hardly a group picture I can remember that wasn’t Grandma’s mandate.  Even with an entire rodeo crew full of big tough cowboys….if Grandma wanted you to get a group picture….that is what you did.  Same with our family photos too.  Seems like we wouldn’t have any pictures without her orchestrating them.  Now those pictures serve as one of the greatest gifts she has ever given us.  Time spent and capturing those moments in time to have for years to come. 

 

 
 Nursing…..
The stories that have poured in the last couple days are overwhelming & such a testimant to the life that Grandma lived.  Just yesterday,  a family friend was telling me about how Grandma had helped their family.  They were new to the area and didn’t speak much English.  He said that if it hadn’t been for Elaine, we wouldn’t have got our shots.  She cared and made sure we got what we needed.  I will always hold a spot in my heart for her. 
I am hearing more stories like this all the time.  Grandma really did CARE and made sure that people got the care they needed. We could spend days just recognizing all the good that Grandma accomplished & services thru her nursing career.   I would like to invite anyone who would like to comment below and  share their stories.

Here are some prime examples of “ Because Grandma Said”…..  Packing flags, leading mini bulls in parades.....



*****
Rodeo Queen… Island Park Queen – Grandma was very proud of carrying the title of Island Park Rodeo Queen from the early years of the rodeo.  At the 50th year anniversary she was honored again with the title and proudly took a lap around the arena on her stick horse, waving to the crowd as she went!  

Grandma and Mindy Marie
Erickson Jay Hoggan and Grandma Elaine

TIME SPENT….Grandma made each one of us feel like we were her favorite.  They many throughout the community & rodeo world that called her Grandma Hoggan were a testament of that.

 Here are some special traditions that Grandma shared with us.

Sunday Tea Party….  Grandma would get out her fanciest red crystal dishes and host the funnest tea parties gathered around the kitchen table.  Dressed up in her fancy tea party hats too!  Grandma was animated, full of energy and fun!  You always believed you were at the best tea party ever held!  Sunday Tea was a simple mixture of Evaproated Milk, hot water, honey, sugar to taste and love. 

Sunday Tea with Annie, Grandma, and Mindy

Family Reuinons….Grandma LOVED the Crystal family reuinons.  She would load up any kids that wanted to go and camp for the weekend.  Grandma was the life of the party.  She always kept auctions, water fights, and camp fire meals exciting.

Pippy-ru-hiss….Grandma would always bring us back a little something from a trip she had taken to let us know she was thinking of us.  It was called a “pippy-ru-hiss”.  I could be a souvenier, a rock, a present, post card, or just a wonderful surprise.  Loved when she would call and tell us to come up and see our pippyruhiss from her latest adventure.

Fruit  Cakes
…Grandma and her friend Kathy Taylor had an annual tradition of making fruit cakes for the holidays.  Many family members got to join in on the fun day of making.   Even tho I didn’t love to eat the fruit cake….time spent together, making food from scratch and with love was a valuable lesson learned.  Grandma loved to make fruit cake and even more to share it with others. 

Riding to Grandmas House….One of the blessings of being raised in Hamer, ID is that we were riding distance from our Grandparents.  Growing up, the rodeo stock and loading chute were at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  You saddled up your horses and rode through the fields to gather, sort, and load stock for the rodeos. 
Grandma always kept the freezer stocked with icecream.  Sometimes you would just ride up to have an icecream with Grandma.  On a hot day, there wasn’t anything better than a drink of COLD water from the back porch sink,  ice-cream and sitting in the shade visiting with Grandma

Riding in Medicine Lodge:
Growing up I was terrified of heights and hated going to the mountains to ride with my Dad.  I would cry and cry and beg to stay home.  One fall I’d came home from college to help gather the cows in Medicine Lodge.  Dad, Grandma, and I went to drop down off the mountain.  I was certain that my Dad always picked the steepest part to go down….just to torture me. 
I wasn’t a little kid anymore and  I was going down the way I wanted!   Grandma was scared of heights too and we decided to find our own way down.  We were following a nice little draw down out…..until we hit a set of rock crevices.  It was steep, tight, and not solid footing.  I had to get off my horse and climb down thru.  The horses could barely fit and had to slide sideways through one spot.  Grandma was so scared.  ( I had got us in a way way way worse spot than Dad was taking us down ) There was no turning back tho!  After we made it to the bottom….I think we both thought my Dad was a little smarter .   

Grandma Elaine in Medicine Lodge, Idaho

 Birthday Cakes:  As long as I can remember, my Grandma ALWAYS made such a special day of my birthday!  Even when I went to college, Grandma would make Grandpa drive her to Dillon and bring me a cake to the rodeo to share with all my friends!  It became a tradition of sharing birthday cake at the college rodeo. 

J2, Mindy, Grandma, Kristen Hill

Shopping….
Shopping was one of Grandma’s favorite past times.  She was a POWER SHOPPER!  She would load up all her grand daughters and go on grand shopping trips to Salt Lake City, getting us all a new school outfit. 
Three Horse Ring:  One of Grandma’s proudest shopping finds was a ring.  Grandpa and Grandma were on a trip in New Mexico.  They had went shopping and she found a beautiful ring.  It had diamonds down the center and stunning opal framing them in on both sides.  She loved it but it was so expensive!  Grandpa bought it for her anyway. 
When she got home and was showing he girls her gorgeous new ring, she said…we can’t tell the boys how much it was. 
Well, how much was it they asked???  Grandma replied, It costs as much as THREE really really good horses. 

 
 
Dancing & Joyful
-----“ I love you very much!  I always have and I always will” …..Grandma made me promise that I would tell you all this at her funeral.  In her last days, Grandma would slowly loose her vocabulary and power of speech.  One of the last words Grandma I ever  heard my Grandma say was Love....
Unconditional Love – would be one of the greatest lessons Grandma would ever teach us.
    

Every week my Aunt would load Grandma up and go to town for prescriptions, dinner, and groceries. One night I had the opportunity to go in with them. As we went through out the nights activities Grandma told people I hope you know I love you...always have, always will and You're so Pretty! From the waitress down to strangers passing in the grocery isle. It is especially fun to see the smile on a young woman's face when a stranger tells her that she is pretty. The only thing better is when she tells one of her burly bearded boys how pretty they are. :)
Regg said it best, "Grandma doesn't know who you are she only knows that she loves you"
What an amazing example of unconditional love!
I don't know that I will tell my waitress I love her but the next time I go somewhere I will definitely try to SMILE, give sincere compliments, commend the good in people, and try to live up to the example set for me.


Mindy, Grandma, Rita at the Dillon College Rodeo

THANK YOU Linda Jacobs ....this sums up Grandma Perfectly!




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Remembering David R. Stoecklein



Ripples....
Do you ever really appreciate or realize the affect someone's life has on you?  Even loved ones...who you tell often that you care for and are grateful for.....can you ever really conceive how big of an impact they have on your life.
Dave has been a family friend since I was small.  Photoshoots, horse ropings, hours spent in the saddle shop visiting.  All I really knew was….Dave was a picture taker guys and I saw pictures of my family on magazines, books, and calendars.  He always sent cool Christmas presents.  (Seriously, I still have a cheese slicer from one of those fancy meet and cheese baskets)

After college, my first real job was for Dave, working as a rep for the Stoecklein publishing company.
This job would make such a big impact on my world.  Dave and his family were always so good to me and treated me like one of the family.  During this time I would also get to see and learn so much more from this amazing man.  He was still a picture taker guy, family friend, but I got to see a small glimpse of the passion and vision that drove him. 

People…..relationships…..time spent…..new friends…old friends….It is AMAZING the human connections that would come into my life because of my Stoecklein time. 
Stoecklein employees….the gallery, the warehouse, Denver markets, store owners all over the west, booth neighbors (seriously…after 2 weeks next door….we were all besties!  Cocktail hour always drew a crowd) , models, cowboys, cowgirls, photography students, family, lol …..I even had a boyfriend or 2 from my Stoecklein travels. Dave definitely screened more boyfriends that my Dad ever has!  Hahahaha….Dave probably met more of them than Dad did too. 

Even existing friendships were strengthened.  While traveling, I would often schedule my circles so I could stay with friends along the way instead of hotels.  It is amazing, as everyone goes there different directions in life…….Taking the time to stay in touch….really matters. 
Time spent is the most valuable gift!  Grateful for time spent loved ones!

Another amazing gift, Dave’s passion was preserving the Spirit of the West!  His photography and moments he captured are such a gift to the world.  Personally, the family photos captured in time Dave’s work, I will be forever grateful for.  Being able to open a coffee table book and take a trip back down memory lane.  Those moments made even more precious when the loved ones were no longer there to take pictures of anymore.   




 
It’s funny the moments you remember

  •  Peaking out from my bedroom into my Mom’s saddle....I think they were doing interviews for a book or looking for the next Marlbro Man...I was supposed to go be in bed I'm guessing....but who could resist all the excitement.   
  •   Photo shoots were you rode a pony and where told to stay out of shot because you were wearing red pants ( I still think they were “cool” at the time 
  •  Photoshoots were you are wearing your Mom’s high top boots that are too small, a weird leather vest, and a scarf….I swear it was 90 degrees.  Running horses back over the top of the camera…over and over …and over.  I was in 7 th or 8 th grade…. The whole time I was just mad because I was missing the church dance in Dubois.   
  •  Photoshoot in my favorite shirt and red gloves
  •  Photoshoot ….. You get told you  look like a boy. True.  I didn’t know I was going.  Hadn’t showered and was rocking 2 awesome braids like a little girl and wearing my Dad’s coat. 
  •  So cold and riding in a cowboy hat.  Sweat is FROZEN on the horses as we are trailing in.  I remember Dave telling me to smile. hahaha.....pretty sure my face was frozen in position and I was drooling.
  • http://rodeotalesgypsytrails.blogspot.com/2013/01/red-coats-and-winter-wonderland.html
  •  First real job out of college (ok, ok….only real job since college) 
  •  Always donated to my college rodeo auction books and pictures 
  •  Calls to check in and see how I was doing.
  •  Places I’d never been before…..Travel that didn’t involve a rodeo grounds…..Houston, Denver, Vegas and WEEKS in those big towns!  
  • The time we talked 2 nice English men into helping us tear down the PBR booth.  We became friends and later one would come to Idaho to have fullfill a life long dream of Riding a Bull :http://rodeotalesgypsytrails.blogspot.com/2010/09/life-long-dreams.html
  •  First veal dinner…with Dave and Jack Goddard after building the “house” we called a booth for the next 2 weeks 
  •  Surviving his crazy driving from the show to make it to the Thomas and Mack in time for the rodeo 
  •  Rancheros Party at the top of the Hilton http://rodeotalesgypsytrails.blogspot.com/2010/12/go-where-youve-never-been-before.html
  •  Cocktail hour at  the Vegas booth and the great stories
  • Always letting me stock chocolate milk in the cooler : ) 
  •  Fans…how people flocked to him.  Magnetic personality….they could see a glimpse of his vision and wanted to be in the glow of his brilliance 
  •  Amazing LOVE he had for his family!  The way Dave spoke lovingly of his wife and the time he dedicated to being with her.  The pride and love that he had for his boys.  When he spoke of them, you could see the gleam in his eye.  
  • Special way he had for making people feel important and included.  
  • Photography workshops…patient, supportive, encouraging….even when I literally didn’t know how to turn my big camera on… 
  • Treating me like family <3 comment-3--="">The entire Stoecklein family has always been so good to me and my entire family.   GRATEFUL for their friendship and the priceless gifts given throughout the years